1000 most common Afrikaans words

Afrikaans is a language which evolved from Dutch, so many of the 1000 most common Afrikaans words originate from Dutch words.

52 % of the 1000 most common Afrikaans words are nouns, while verbs account for 18% and adjectives 11%.

Because Afrikaans is one of the official languages of the country of South Africa, several city names from that country appear in this list of the most common Afrikaans vocabulary words.

Here is a list of the most common Afrikaans vocabulary words. This list can be filtered by word type (nouns, verbs, etc.. ) by clicking on the buttons below.

List of the most common Afrikaans vocabulary words

  1. die [article] (the) In Afrikaans, nouns do not have grammatical genders (unlike in Dutch). As a result, the Afrikaans language has only one definite article, whereas Dutch has two.
  2. en [conjunction] (and)
  3. wees [verb] (to be) This is one of the two Afrikaans verbs for which there is a distinction between the infinitive form and the present form. For this verb, “wees” is the infinitive form and “is” the present form.
  4. van [preposition] (of)
  5. [verb] (to have) “hê” is the infinitive form of this verb, its present form is “het”. In Afrikaans verbs do not conjugate differently for different subjects.
  6. in [preposition] (in)
  7. nie [adverb] (not)
  8. te [adverb] (too)
  9. wat [pronoun] (what)
  10. dit [pronoun] (it)
  11. vir [preposition] (for)
  12. op [preposition] (on)
  13. word [verb] (to become)
  14. met [preposition] (with)
  15. dat [conjunction] (that)
  16. se [particle]
  17. ons [pronoun] (we)
  18. as [conjunction] (if)
  19. sy [pronoun] (she)
  20. kan [verb] (can)
  21. ek [pronoun] (I)
  22. hy [pronoun] (he)
  23. hulle [pronoun] (they)
  24. aan [preposition] (on)
  25. sal [verb] (shall)
  26. baie [determiner] (many)
  27. ook [adverb] (also)
  28. by [preposition] (at)
  29. maar [conjunction] (but)
  30. moet [verb] (must)
  31. daar [adverb] (there)
  32. deur [preposition] (by)
  33. of [conjunction] (or)
  34. oor [preposition] (over)
  35. my [pronoun] (me)
  36. jy [pronoun] (you)
  37. [verb] (to say)
  38. tot [preposition] (until)
  39. al [adverb] (already)
  40. gaan [verb] (to go)
  41. mens [noun] (person)
  42. hierdie [determiner] (this)
  43. jou [pronoun] (you, your) The word “jou” in Afrikaans can be used to mean “your” or “you”.
  44. maak [verb] (to make)
  45. so [adverb] (so)
  46. net [adverb] (only)
  47. goed [adjective] (good)
  48. uit [preposition] (out of)
  49. jaar [noun] (a year)
  50. hul [determiner] (their)
  51. soos [conjunction] (such as)
  52. een [numeral] (one)
  53. toe [adverb] (then)
  54. groot [adjective] (big)
  55. wil [verb] (to want)
  56. kom [verb] (come)
  57. haar [pronoun] (her)
  58. nog [adverb] (yet)
  59. doen [verb] (to do)
  60. nou [adverb] (now)
  61. hom [pronoun] (him)
  62. laat [verb] (to let)
  63. dié [determiner] (those)
  64. waar [adverb] (where)
  65. dan [adverb] (then)
  66. teen [preposition] (against)
  67. hoe [adverb] (how)
  68. boer [noun] (a farmer) The reason why this term ranks so highly among the most frequent Afrikaans words is that it has several meanings. In addition to meaning “farmer”, it also refers to the descendents of the Dutch farmers who arrived in South Africa from the 17th to the 19th century.
  69. twee [numeral] (two)
  70. kry [verb] (to get)
  71. nuut [adjective] (new)
  72. gee [verb] (to give)
  73. werk [noun] (work)
  74. dag [noun] (a day)
  75. gebruik [verb] (to use)
  76. onder [preposition] (under)
  77. land [noun] (country)
  78. eerste [adjective] (first)
  79. elk [pronoun] (everyone)
  80. hou [verb] (to keep)
  81. voor [preposition] (before)
  82. julle [pronoun] (you) This word is the plural “you” pronoun in Afrikaans. It originates from the Dutch pronoun “jullie”
  83. kind [noun] (child)
  84. lewe [noun] (life)
  85. geen [determiner] (no)
  86. volg [verb] (to follow)
  87. weet [verb] (to know)
  88. egter [adverb] (however)
  89. saam [adverb] (together)
  90. hier [adverb] (here)
  91. plaas [noun] (farm)
  92. sien [verb] (to see)
  93. want [conjunction] (because)
  94. tyd [noun] (time)
  95. omdat [conjunction] (because)
  96. tussen [preposition] (between)
  97. man [noun] (man)
  98. oud [adjective] (old)
  99. wanneer [adverb] (when)
  100. staan [verb] (to stand)
  101. dink [verb] (to think)
  102. drie [numeral] (three)
  103. reg [noun] (right)
  104. lank [adjective] (tall)
  105. bly [verb] (to stay)
  106. eie [adjective] (own)
  107. kyk [verb] (to look)
  108. u [pronoun] (you) Afrikaans is a language which has both a formal and an informal “you” pronoun. The pronoun “u” is the formal one.
  109. almal [pronoun] (everyone)
  110. week [noun] (week)
  111. plek [noun] (a place)
  112. vrou [noun] (woman)
  113. help [verb] (to help)
  114. grond [noun] (ground)
  115. hoog [adjective] (high)
  116. dis [contraction] (it's)
  117. iets [pronoun] (something)
  118. dier [noun] (animal)
  119. woord [noun] (word)
  120. seker [adjective] (sure)
  121. huis [noun] (a house)
  122. glo [verb] (to believe)
  123. mag [verb] (may)
  124. sit [verb] (to sit)
  125. sonder [preposition] (without)
  126. vra [verb] (ask)
  127. veral [adverb] (especially)
  128. belangrik [adjective] (important)
  129. verlede [adjective] (past)
  130. verskil [noun] (difference)
  131. moontlik [adjective] (possible)
  132. maand [noun] (a month)
  133. geld [noun] (money)
  134. skryf [verb] (to write)
  135. probleem [noun] (problem)
  136. heer [noun] (lord)
  137. eers [adverb] (first)
  138. daardie [determiner] (that)
  139. besluit [verb] (to decide)
  140. lees [verb] (to read)
  141. vind [verb] (to find)
  142. paar [noun] (pair)
  143. bestaan [verb] (to exist)
  144. bekend [adjective] (known)
  145. tydens [preposition] (while, during)
  146. regering [noun] (government)
  147. water [noun] (water)
  148. altyd [adverb] (always)
  149. wêreld [noun] (world)
  150. ver [adjective] (far)
  151. praat [verb] (to talk)
  152. bring [verb] (to bring)
  153. ding [noun] (thing)
  154. miljoen [noun] (million)
  155. sodat [conjunction] (so that)
  156. skool [noun] (school)
  157. kerk [noun] (church)
  158. speel [verb] (to play)
  159. ontvang [verb] (to receive)
  160. Namibië [proper noun] (Namibia) Namibia is the most frequent proper noun in this list of the 1000 most common Afrikaans words. Namibia is a country located in the southern part of Africa which has Afrikaans as one of its official languages.
  161. hand [noun] (a hand)
  162. dalk [adverb] (maybe)
  163. nasionaal [adjective] (national)
  164. probeer [verb] (to try)
  165. binne [preposition] (inside, within)
  166. leer [verb] (to learn)
  167. vier [numeral] (four)
  168. nooit [adverb] (never)
  169. Afrikaans [adjective]
  170. tweede [adjective] (second)
  171. iemand [pronoun] (somebody)
  172. naam [noun] (name)
  173. boek [noun] (book)
  174. klein [adjective] (small)
  175. [verb] (to lie)
  176. vandag [adverb] (today)
  177. vraag [noun] (question)
  178. pad [noun] (way)
  179. koop [verb] (to buy)
  180. groep [noun] (group)
  181. lyk [verb] (to appear, to seem)
  182. slegs [adverb] (only)
  183. lig [noun] (light)
  184. lid [noun] (member)
  185. dood [noun] (death)
  186. diens [noun] (service)
  187. bied [verb] (to offer)
  188. niks [pronoun] (nothing)
  189. sluit [verb] (to close)
  190. kos [noun] (food)
  191. persoon [noun] (person)
  192. jonk [adjective] (young)
  193. vol [adjective] (full)
  194. manier [noun] (manner)
  195. wys [verb] (to show)
  196. veel [determiner] (much)
  197. besig [adjective] (busy)
  198. loop [verb] (to walk)
  199. vroeg [adjective] (early)
  200. staat [noun] (state)
  201. vertel [verb] (to tell)
  202. groei [verb] (to grow)
  203. seun [noun] (son)
  204. soek [verb] (to search)
  205. vorm [noun] (a form)
  206. behoort [verb] (to belong)
  207. tans [adverb] (currently)
  208. lewer [noun] (liver)
  209. genoeg [adverb] (enough)
  210. maklik [adjective] (easy)
  211. liefde [noun] (love)
  212. voel [verb] (to feel)
  213. laaste [adjective] (last)
  214. natuurlik [adverb]
  215. uitvoer [verb]
  216. gemeenskap [noun] (a community)
  217. graag [adverb] (gladly, willingly)
  218. wet [noun] (law)
  219. betaal [verb] (pay)
  220. einde [noun] (end)
  221. noem [verb] (to mention)
  222. naby [adjective] (near)
  223. dorp [noun] (town)
  224. polisie [noun] (police)
  225. weg [adverb] (away)
  226. daarna [adverb] (thereafter)
  227. agter [preposition] (behind)
  228. bou [verb] (to build)
  229. oog [noun] (eye)
  230. lekker [adjective] (delicious)
  231. waarin [adverb] (wherein)
  232. vinnig [adjective] (quick)
  233. mooi [adjective] (pretty)
  234. wen [verb] (to win)
  235. produk [noun] (product)
  236. besoek [verb] (to visit)
  237. gees [noun] (spirit)
  238. vyf [numeral] (five)
  239. trek [verb] (to pull)
  240. verstaan [verb] (to understand)
  241. Afrika [proper noun] (Africa)
  242. hoop [verb] (to hope)
  243. dra [verb] (to wear)
  244. pas [noun]
  245. buite [preposition] (outside)
  246. bietjie [determiner] (a bit)
  247. voorkom [verb] (to prevent)
  248. kort [adjective] (short)
  249. druk [verb] (to print, to press)
  250. laag [adjective] (low)
  251. ken [verb] (to know)
  252. projek [noun] (project)
  253. val [verb] (to fall)
  254. wag [verb] (to wait)
  255. ry [verb] (to drive)
  256. prys [noun] (price)
  257. party [noun] (party)
  258. bybel [noun] (bible)
  259. leef [verb] (to live)
  260. hoor [verb] (to hear)
  261. hoof [noun] (head)
  262. hoekom [adverb] (why)
  263. antwoord [noun] (answer)
  264. proses [noun] (process)
  265. swart [adjective] (black)
  266. dikwels [adverb] (often)
  267. universiteit [noun] (university)
  268. verloor [verb] (to lose)
  269. mark [noun] (market)
  270. bedryf [noun] (industry)
  271. rol [noun] (role)
  272. onthou [verb] (to remember)
  273. middel [noun] (middle)
  274. teenoor [preposition] (opposite)
  275. besef [verb] (to realize)
  276. artikel [noun] (article)
  277. voordat [conjunction] (before)
  278. watter [determiner] (which)
  279. aarde [noun] (earth)
  280. krag [noun] (force)
  281. wit [adjective] (white)
  282. hart [noun] (heart)
  283. vriend [noun] (friend)
  284. sommer [adverb]
  285. stem [verb] (to vote)
  286. vlak [noun] (level)
  287. naweek [noun] (weekend)
  288. aanvaar [verb] (to accept)
  289. derde [adjective] (third)
  290. kies [noun]
  291. soms [adverb] (sometimes)
  292. gemeente [noun] (congregation)
  293. niemand [pronoun] (nobody) This Afrikaans word is the same in Dutch and in German. It also appears among the most common Dutch words and the most common German words.
  294. inwoner [noun] (inhabitant, resident)
  295. Maart [noun] (March)
  296. vat [verb] (to take)
  297. politiek [noun] (politics)
  298. duur [adjective] (expensive)
  299. langs [preposition] (along)
  300. April [noun] (April)
  301. dankie [interjection] (thanks)
  302. bees [noun]
  303. familie [noun] (family)
  304. skaap [noun] (sheep)
  305. vas [adjective]
  306. kop [noun] (head)
  307. oop [adverb] (open)
  308. verbeter [verb] (to improve)
  309. ses [numeral] (six)
  310. organisasie [noun] (organization)
  311. elkeen [pronoun] (everyone)
  312. September [noun] (September)
  313. stuk [noun] (a piece)
  314. jaarliks [adjective] (annual)
  315. toekoms [noun] (future)
  316. rus [verb] (to rest)
  317. toon [verb]
  318. taal [noun] (language)
  319. vader [noun] (father)
  320. hond [noun] (dog)
  321. ja [adverb] (yes)
  322. minuut [noun] (a minute)
  323. kans [noun] (chance)
  324. gister [adverb] (yesterday)
  325. sommige [determiner] (some)
  326. plase [noun]
  327. kompetisie [noun] (competition)
  328. ma [noun] (mother)
  329. waarvan [adverb] (of which)
  330. November [noun] (November)
  331. tree [noun] (step)
  332. aand [noun] (evening)
  333. werker [noun] (worker)
  334. Pretoria [proper noun] Pretoria is one of the largest cities in the country of South Africa.
  335. spesiaal [adjective] (special)
  336. storie [noun] (story)
  337. Augustus [noun] (august)
  338. volk [noun] (people)
  339. veld [noun] (a field)
  340. verhouding [noun] (relation, relationship)
  341. situasie [noun] (situation)
  342. Januarie [noun] (January)
  343. heilig [adjective] (holy)
  344. trou [verb] (to marry)
  345. foto [noun] (photo)
  346. swak [adjective] (weak)
  347. Oktober [noun] (October)
  348. pa [noun] (dad)
  349. reën [noun] (rain)
  350. Desember [noun] (december)
  351. sorg [verb] (to care)
  352. gedagte [noun] (thought)
  353. soort [noun] (sort, type)
  354. Junie [noun] (June)
  355. byvoorbeeld [adverb] (for example)
  356. Julie [noun] (july)
  357. graad [noun] (grade)
  358. seisoen [noun] (season)
  359. eet [verb] (to eat)
  360. waarheid [noun] (truth)
  361. kontak [noun] (contact)
  362. bak [noun]
  363. mos [noun] (moss)
  364. Saterdag [noun] (saturday)
  365. gelukkig [adjective] (happy)
  366. draai [verb] (to turn)
  367. Mei [noun] (may)
  368. oomblik [noun] (moment)
  369. waarskynlik [adverb] (probably)
  370. Vrydag [noun] (friday)
  371. asof [conjunction]
  372. geskiedenis [noun] (history)
  373. bo [preposition] (above)
  374. sonde [noun] (sin)
  375. warm [adjective] (warm)
  376. beskou [verb] (to regard)
  377. persoonlik [adjective] (personal)
  378. tien [numeral] (ten)
  379. perd [noun] (horse)
  380. leser [noun] (reader)
  381. liggaam [noun] (body)
  382. Februarie [noun] (February)
  383. presies [adverb] (exactly)
  384. luister [verb] (to listen)
  385. uur [noun] (hour)
  386. bul [noun] (bull)
  387. speler [noun] (player)
  388. gesin [noun] (family)
  389. motor [noun] (motor)
  390. beperk [verb] (to restrict)
  391. leier [noun] (leader)
  392. enkel [adjective] (single)
  393. verhaal [noun] (story)
  394. streek [noun] (region)
  395. optree [verb] (to act)
  396. bank [noun] (bank)
  397. nuus [noun] (news)
  398. nee [particle] (no)
  399. vleis [noun] (meat)
  400. skrywer [noun] (writer)
  401. mielie [noun] (corn)
  402. daai [determiner]
  403. reël [noun] (rule)
  404. verslag [noun] (report)
  405. vers [noun] (a verse)
  406. dogter [noun] (daughter)
  407. bid [verb] (to pray)
  408. slaan [verb] (hit)
  409. eenvoudig [adjective] (simple)
  410. Johan [proper noun]
  411. koning [noun] (king)
  412. tye [noun]
  413. erken [verb] (to acknowledge)
  414. Afrikaner [noun]
  415. moenie [contraction] (do not)
  416. vrug [noun] (a fruit)
  417. mening [noun] (an opinion)
  418. musiek [noun] (music)
  419. melk [noun] (milk)
  420. ag [noun]
  421. voorbeeld [noun] (example)
  422. brand [noun] In Afrikaans there is a distinction between the words “vuur” and “brand”. Although both these words translate to the English term “fire”, the latter refers to a destructive fire.
  423. omstandigheid [noun] (circumstance)
  424. nader [verb] (to approach)
  425. sterf [verb] (to die)
  426. gooi [verb] (to throw)
  427. stryd [noun] (struggle)
  428. hoeveel [adverb] (how much)
  429. vry [adjective] (free)
  430. pragtig [adjective] (beautiful)
  431. beweeg [verb] (to move)
  432. droog [adjective] (dry)
  433. amp [noun] (an office)
  434. kantoor [noun] (office)
  435. voet [noun] (foot)
  436. koud [adjective] (cold)
  437. miskien [adverb] (maybe)
  438. sewe [numeral] (seven)
  439. reis [noun] (travel, journey)
  440. verby [adverb] (past)
  441. broer [noun] (brother)
  442. been [noun] (leg)
  443. diep [adjective] (deep)
  444. roep [verb] (to call)
  445. kleur [noun] (a color)
  446. Zimbabwe [proper noun] Zimbabwe is located to the north of the country of South Africa.
  447. positief [adjective] (positive)
  448. vrees [noun] (fear)
  449. ongelukkig [adjective] (unfortunate)
  450. berig [noun] (report)
  451. sleg [adjective] (bad)
  452. onderwyser [noun] (teacher) This common term is based on another word from this Afrikaans vocabulary list: That word is “onderwys” and it means “education”.
  453. oes [noun] (harvest)
  454. reeks [noun] (a series)
  455. gas [noun]
  456. hospitaal [noun] (hospital)
  457. daagliks [adjective] (daily)
  458. beeld [noun] (image)
  459. wonderlik [adjective] (wonderful)
  460. breek [verb] (to break)
  461. amptelik [adjective] (official)
  462. Maandag [noun] (Monday)
  463. provinsie [noun] (province)
  464. gesprek [noun] (talk)
  465. bydrae [noun] (contribution)
  466. rand [noun] (edge)
  467. klaar [adjective] (finished)
  468. verkeer [noun] (traffic)
  469. nag [noun] (night)
  470. wyn [noun] (wine) South Africa is one of major wine producing countries, which explains why this word appears in this list of the 1000 most common Afrikaans vocabulary words.
  471. gevoel [noun] (feeling)
  472. spel [noun] (game)
  473. teken [verb] (to sign)
  474. Amerika [proper noun]
  475. tydperk [noun] (period)
  476. agt [numeral] (eight)
  477. onderwys [noun] (education)
  478. skuld [noun] (debt)
  479. brief [noun] (letter)
  480. wild [adjective] (wild)
  481. sin [noun] (sentence) This vocabulary word is what language learners call a “false friend”. Although it resembles a common English word, it has a completely different meaning.
  482. ministerie [noun] (ministry)
  483. veilig [adjective] (safe)
  484. gesond [adjective] (healthy)
  485. skiet [verb] (shoot)
  486. rooi [adjective] (red)
  487. gesig [noun] (face)
  488. skielik [adverb] (suddenly)
  489. grens [noun] (border)
  490. Kaapstad [proper noun] Kaapstad is the name of the city of Cape Town in the Afrikaans language.
  491. misdaad [noun] (crime)
  492. verklaar [verb] (to explain)
  493. hemel [noun] (heaven)
  494. vrede [noun] (peace)
  495. kuier [verb] (to visit)
  496. wyd [adjective] (wide)
  497. beampte [noun] (official)
  498. ekonomie [noun] (economy)
  499. hoofsaaklik [adverb] (mainly)
  500. stad [noun] (city)
  501. personeel [noun] (staff)
  502. oggend [noun] (morning)
  503. invloed [noun] (influence)
  504. tel [verb] (to count)
  505. môre [noun] (morning)
  506. slaap [verb] (to sleep)
  507. Limpopo [proper noun] This word is the name of a province in South Africa, and it is also the name of a river which borders that province.
  508. darem [adverb]
  509. verminder [verb] (to reduce)
  510. sing [verb] (to sing)
  511. steel [verb] (to steal)
  512. bloed [noun] (blood)
  513. bydra [verb] (to contribute)
  514. bok [noun] (goat)
  515. swaar [adjective] (heavy)
  516. drink [verb] (drink)
  517. ryk [adjective] (rich)
  518. nasie [noun] (nation)
  519. materiaal [noun] (material)
  520. faktor [noun] (factor)
  521. meisie [noun] (girl)
  522. moontlikheid [noun] (possibility)
  523. geleë [adjective] (located)
  524. vergeet [verb] (to forget)
  525. Johannes [proper noun]
  526. sag [adjective] (soft)
  527. deesdae [adverb] (these days)
  528. kultuur [noun] (culture)
  529. Amerikaans [adjective] (American)
  530. mis [verb] (to miss)
  531. energie [noun] (energy)
  532. Sondag [noun] (Sunday)
  533. Dinsdag [noun] (Tuesday)
  534. klink [verb] (to sound) An example of an Afrikaans phrase containing this verb is “Dit klink goed” which means “That sounds good”.
  535. aangaan [verb] (to go on)
  536. Donderdag [noun] (thursday)
  537. koper [noun] (copper) This Afrikaans vocabulary word has two possible meanings: “buyer” and “copper”.
  538. gang [noun] (passage, passageway)
  539. koerant [noun] (newspaper)
  540. vars [adjective] (fresh)
  541. Woensdag [noun] (wednesday)
  542. suster [noun] (sister)
  543. lys [noun] (list)
  544. berg [noun] (mountain)
  545. tegnologie [noun] (technology)
  546. Pieter [proper noun]
  547. ewig [adjective] (eternal)
  548. hoërskool [noun] This Afrikaans word is a combination of the word “hoër” which means “higher” and the word “skool” which means “school”.
  549. mond [noun] (mouth)
  550. kunstenaar [noun] (artist)
  551. Europa [proper noun]
  552. gewild [adjective] (popular)
  553. donker [adjective] (dark)
  554. fees [noun] (festival)
  555. lug [noun] (air)
  556. getal [noun] (a number)
  557. natuur [noun] (nature)
  558. vis [noun] (fish)
  559. Botha [proper noun] This word is an Afrikaans surname.
  560. rigting [noun] (direction)
  561. hang [verb] (to hang)
  562. karakter [noun] (character)
  563. see [noun] (sea)
  564. beweging [noun] (movement)
  565. straat [noun] (street)
  566. welkom [interjection] (welcome)
  567. gevaar [noun] (danger)
  568. vreemd [adjective] (strange)
  569. koninkryk [noun] (kingdom)
  570. oortuig [verb] (to convince)
  571. mee [adverb]
  572. vuur [noun] (fire)
  573. groen [adjective] (green)
  574. nooi [verb] (invite)
  575. oorleef [verb] (to survive)
  576. Zuma [proper noun] This word is an Afrikaans surname.
  577. Johannesburg [proper noun] This word is the name of a very large city in South Africa. Afrikaans is one of the official languages of South Africa.
  578. namens [preposition] (on behalf of)
  579. tafel [noun] (table)
  580. asseblief [interjection] (please)
  581. droom [noun] (dream)
  582. veiling [noun] (auction)
  583. kamer [noun] (a room)
  584. korrek [adjective] (correct)
  585. vlug [noun] (flight)
  586. Engels [proper noun] (the English language)
  587. dokter [noun] (doctor)
  588. vertrek [verb] (to leave)
  589. siel [noun] (soul)
  590. klub [noun] (club)
  591. oorlog [noun] (war)
  592. lag [verb] (to laugh)
  593. kamp [noun] (camp)
  594. kuns [noun] (art)
  595. area [noun] (area)
  596. kruis [noun] (cross)
  597. eenheid [noun] (unit)
  598. laai [verb] (to load)
  599. belofte [noun] (promise)
  600. blou [adjective] (blue)
  601. minstens [adverb] (at least)
  602. Kaap [proper noun]
  603. huwelik [noun] (marriage)
  604. gras [noun] (grass)
  605. goud [noun] (gold)
  606. vel [noun] (skin)
  607. winter [noun] (winter)
  608. dokument [noun] (document)
  609. lam [noun] (lamb)
  610. gratis [adverb] (free)
  611. klomp [noun]
  612. geslag [noun] (gender)
  613. sout [noun] (salt)
  614. klere [noun] (clothing)
  615. brood [noun] (bread)
  616. gesondheid [noun] (health)
  617. bang [adjective] (afraid)
  618. opkom [verb] (to come up)
  619. veiligheid [noun] (safety)
  620. rugby [noun] (rugby)
  621. open [verb] (to open)
  622. koring [noun] (wheat)
  623. oral [adverb] (everywhere)
  624. nege [numeral] (nine)
  625. verdwyn [verb] (to disappear)
  626. wind [noun] (wind)
  627. vryheid [noun] (freedom)
  628. gebed [noun] (prayer)
  629. skerp [adjective] (sharp)
  630. klim [verb] (to climb)
  631. Jesus [proper noun]
  632. stof [noun] (substance)
  633. rivier [noun] (river)
  634. Piet [proper noun]
  635. vlieg [verb] (to fly)
  636. skoot [noun] (lap)
  637. vertrou [verb] (to trust)
  638. vierde [adjective] (fourth)
  639. vyand [noun] (an enemy)
  640. jag [verb] (to hunt)
  641. tuin [noun] (a garden)
  642. begrip [noun] (comprehension)
  643. geluk [noun] (happiness)
  644. arm [noun] (arm)
  645. vakansie [noun] (holiday)
  646. impak [noun] (impact)
  647. Bloemfontein [proper noun] This word is the name of a large city in South Africa.
  648. hardloop [verb] (run)
  649. God [proper noun]
  650. aankom [verb] (arrive)
  651. voël [noun] (a bird)
  652. goedkeur [verb] (to approve) This verb is related to the noun “goedkeuring” which means “approval”.
  653. Australië [proper noun]
  654. muur [noun] (wall)
  655. jul [determiner]
  656. rond [adjective] (round)
  657. handhaaf [verb] (to maintain)
  658. jaag [verb] (chase)
  659. saad [noun] (seed)
  660. burger [noun] (citizen)
  661. eendag [adverb] (one day)
  662. eiers [noun]
  663. regs [adverb]
  664. Duitsland [proper noun] Duitsland is the name of the country Germany in the Afrikaans language.
  665. ly [verb] (to suffer)
  666. oom [noun] (uncle)
  667. tak [noun] (branch)
  668. rug [noun] (back)
  669. pyn [noun] (pain)
  670. eeu [noun] (century)
  671. gedig [noun] (poem)
  672. China [proper noun]
  673. wetenskap [noun] (science)
  674. inderdaad [adverb] (indeed)
  675. siek [adjective] (sick)
  676. kommissie [noun] (committee, commission)
  677. nommer [noun] (number)
  678. olie [noun] (oil)
  679. moeder [noun] (mother)
  680. betekenis [noun] (meaning)
  681. metode [noun] (method)
  682. boom [noun] (tree)
  683. digter [noun] (poet)
  684. effek [noun] (effect)
  685. orde [noun] (order)
  686. wetenskaplik [adjective] (scientific)
  687. dik [adjective] (thick)
  688. letterlik [adverb] (literally)
  689. hulpbron [noun] (resource)
  690. tuis [adverb] (at home)
  691. liedjie [noun] (song)
  692. skaars [adjective] (rare)
  693. herinner [verb] (to remind)
  694. uitstel [verb] (to postpone)
  695. Gauteng [proper noun] This word is the name of a province in the country of South Africa. This province contains Johannesburg, which is the country’s largest city. Afrikaans is one of the several languages spoken in Johannesburg.
  696. Joubert [proper noun] This word is a surname which is fairly common in South Africa.
  697. Kruger [proper noun] This word is a surname which originates from German and is fairly common in South Africa.
  698. rekord [noun] (record)
  699. kontrak [noun] (contract)
  700. bed [noun] (bed)
  701. seën [noun] (a blessing)
  702. hoender [noun] (chicken)
  703. sigbaar [adjective] (visible)
  704. praktyk [noun] (practice)
  705. deelname [noun] (participation)
  706. dame [noun] (lady)
  707. onmoontlik [adjective] (impossible)
  708. oorbly [verb] (to remain)
  709. beskerming [noun] (protection)
  710. distrik [noun] (district)
  711. vaar [verb] (to sail)
  712. kat [noun] (cat)
  713. vriendelik [adjective] (friendly)
  714. kwaad [adjective] (angry)
  715. mik [verb] (to aim)
  716. toerisme [noun] (tourism)
  717. strek [verb] (to stretch)
  718. kalf [noun] (a calf)
  719. verenig [verb] (to unite)
  720. vreet [verb] (to eat) The Afrikaans language has two different verbs which translate to the English verb “to eat”. These two verbs are “eet” and “vreet”, and the difference is that the latter one is negative: it implies that one is stuffing one’s self.
  721. inhoud [noun] (contents)
  722. lyf [noun] (body)
  723. Mpumalanga [proper noun] This word is the name of a province in the country of South Africa.
  724. parlement [noun] (parliament)
  725. vermaak [noun] (entertainment)
  726. gevaarlik [adjective] (dangerous)
  727. profeet [noun] (prophet)
  728. perfek [adjective] (perfect)
  729. solank [conjunction] (as long as)
  730. dam [noun] (dam)
  731. waardeer [verb] (to appreciate)
  732. studeer [verb] (to study)
  733. Vrystaat [proper noun]
  734. regter [adjective]
  735. spog [verb] (to boast)
  736. André [proper noun]
  737. braai [verb]
  738. klip [noun] (stone)
  739. klem [noun]
  740. afstand [noun] (distance)
  741. respek [noun] (respect)
  742. oefen [verb]
  743. begroting [noun] (a budget)
  744. geboorte [noun] (birth)
  745. Petrus [proper noun]
  746. gedigte [noun]
  747. koei [noun] (cow)
  748. bal [noun] (a ball)
  749. risiko [noun] (risk)
  750. bruin [adjective] (brown)
  751. opname [noun]
  752. engel [noun] (angel)
  753. verskoning [noun]
  754. tydelik [adjective] (temporary)
  755. myn [noun] (mine)
  756. Marais [proper noun]
  757. regeer [verb] (to rule)
  758. laerskool [noun] (primary school)
  759. rekenaar [noun] (computer)
  760. vinger [noun] (finger)
  761. terrein [noun] (terrain)
  762. voedsel [noun] (food)
  763. dryf [verb] (to drive)
  764. bydraag [noun]
  765. bottel [noun] (bottle)
  766. ouens [noun]
  767. belasting [noun]
  768. bundel [noun] (bundle)
  769. suid [adverb] (south)
  770. vark [noun] (pig)
  771. kombuis [noun] (kitchen)
  772. trap [noun]
  773. kar [noun] (car)
  774. Coetzee [proper noun]
  775. oplos [verb] (to solve)
  776. somer [noun] (summer)
  777. tempel [noun] (temple)
  778. kandidaat [noun] (candidate)
  779. opdaag [verb]
  780. suiker [noun] (sugar)
  781. dreig [verb] (to threaten)
  782. onbekend [adjective] (unknown)
  783. weerstand [noun] (resistance)
  784. Francois [proper noun]
  785. onderhoud [noun]
  786. sleutel [noun] (key)
  787. geel [adjective] (yellow)
  788. vragmotor [noun] (truck)
  789. roer [noun]
  790. vandeesweek [adverb] (this week)
  791. graf [noun] (grave)
  792. vore [noun]
  793. baba [noun] (baby)
  794. aanbod [noun] (offer)
  795. winkel [noun] (a shop)
  796. konteks [noun] (context)
  797. meerderheid [noun] (majority)
  798. dans [noun] (dance)
  799. noord [adverb] (north)
  800. ore [noun]
  801. skouer [noun] (shoulder)
  802. bestanddeel [noun] (ingredient)
  803. verwysing [noun] (reference)
  804. vloei [verb] (to flow)
  805. wese [noun] (being)
  806. uitstalling [noun] (exhibition)
  807. wond [noun] (wound)
  808. hok [noun]
  809. beseer [verb] (to hurt)
  810. kaart [noun] (map)
  811. blaar [noun] (leaf)
  812. eerlik [adjective] (honest)
  813. restaurant [noun] (restaurant)
  814. teel [verb]
  815. groet [verb] (greet)
  816. bladsy [noun] (page)
  817. verdagte [noun] (suspect)
  818. onnodig [adjective] (unnecessary)
  819. rakend [preposition] (concerning)
  820. doof [adjective] (deaf)
  821. aanvaller [noun] (attacker)
  822. maag [noun] (stomach)
  823. nek [noun] (neck)
  824. maan [noun] (moon)
  825. les [noun] (lesson)
  826. iewers [adverb] (somewhere)
  827. kam [noun] (comb)
  828. baseer [verb] (to base)
  829. laas [adverb] (last)
  830. preek [noun] (sermon)
  831. venster [noun] (window)
  832. kanker [noun] (cancer)
  833. konsep [noun] (concept)
  834. bekostig [verb]
  835. pot [noun] (pot)
  836. huur [noun]
  837. toestemming [noun] (permission)
  838. Danie [proper noun]
  839. pret [noun] (fun)
  840. demokrasie [noun] (democracy)
  841. skat [verb]
  842. skei [verb] (to separate)
  843. koffie [noun] (coffee)
  844. wiel [noun] (wheel)
  845. reënval [noun] (rainfall)
  846. middag [noun] (noon)
  847. draad [noun] (wire)
  848. salaris [noun] (salary)
  849. Frans [adjective] (French)
  850. Frankryk [proper noun]
  851. klank [noun] (sound)
  852. elektrisiteit [noun] (electricity)
  853. glimlag [noun] (smile)
  854. blomme [noun]
  855. aanbeveling [noun] (recommendation)
  856. hoofstad [noun] (capital)
  857. wortel [noun] (root)
  858. stemme [noun]
  859. dade [noun]
  860. vertaling [noun] (translation)
  861. bewerkstellig [verb]
  862. renoster [noun] (rhinoceros) The most common Afrikaans vocabulary words reflect the local fauna and flora. Not many other languages have the term for “rhinoceros” appear among their 1000 most common words. But the reason might simply be that this is also the name of a river in South Africa.
  863. hout [noun] (wood)
  864. grootword [verb] (to grow up) This verb is formed by combining 2 common Afrikaans vocabulary words: the term “groot” which means “big”, and the verb “word” which means “to become”.
  865. breed [adjective] (broad)
  866. traan [noun] (tear)
  867. weermag [noun]
  868. afsonderlik [adjective] (separate)
  869. di [article]
  870. aartappel [noun] (potato) This word comes from the term “aarde” which means “earth” combined with the term “appel” which means “apple”. This common Afrikaans word is constructed the same way as the corresponding French term: “pomme de terre”.
  871. vergewe [verb] (to forgive)
  872. geur [noun] (smell)
  873. geveg [noun] (fight)
  874. vriendin [noun] (girlfriend)
  875. lede [noun]
  876. huil [verb] (to cry)
  877. verlies [noun] (loss)
  878. wingerd [noun] (vineyard)
  879. blanke [noun]
  880. Mandela [proper noun]
  881. goedkeuring [noun] (approval) This noun is related to the verb “goedkeur” which means “to approve”.
  882. vanaand [adverb] (tonight)
  883. fliek [noun] (movie)
  884. rower [noun] (robber)
  885. saal [noun] (hall)
  886. koppie [noun] (cup)
  887. Egipte [proper noun]
  888. byt [verb] (to bite)
  889. ongeag [preposition]
  890. grondslag [noun]
  891. atmosfeer [noun] (atmosphere)
  892. resep [noun] (recipe)
  893. nes [adverb]
  894. lok [verb]
  895. olifant [noun] (elephant)
  896. mensdom [noun] (mankind)
  897. herinnering [noun]
  898. seks [noun] (sex)
  899. asem [noun] (breath)
  900. Malan [proper noun]
  901. tand [noun] (tooth)
  902. duisend [numeral] (thousand)
  903. honderd [numeral] (hundred)
  904. gat [noun] (hole)
  905. volwassene [noun] (an adult)
  906. kus [noun] (coast)
  907. trofee [noun] (trophy)
  908. verf [verb] (to paint)
  909. rook [noun] (smoke)
  910. tee [noun] (tea)
  911. ondergaan [verb] (to undergo)
  912. teater [noun] (theatre)
  913. lied [noun] (song)
  914. moeg [adjective] (tired)
  915. apartheid [noun] (apartheid)
  916. waai [verb] (to wave)
  917. landdros [noun] (a magistrate)
  918. buur [noun] (neighbor)
  919. netwerk [noun] (network)
  920. stoel [noun] (chair)
  921. bedrog [noun] (fraud)
  922. toespraak [noun] (an address)
  923. veg [verb] (to fight)
  924. pyp [noun] (pipe)
  925. vertaal [verb] (to translate)
  926. voeding [noun] (nutrition)
  927. helder [adjective] (bright)
  928. rolprent [noun] (film)
  929. student [noun] (student)
  930. papier [noun] (paper)
  931. Andries [proper noun]
  932. trein [noun] (train)
  933. sekonde [noun] (second)
  934. patroon [noun]
  935. nêrens [adverb] (nowhere)
  936. vliegtuig [noun] (aircraft) The root of this word is the verb “vlieg” which means “to fly”.
  937. stede [noun]
  938. woestyn [noun] (desert)
  939. twintig [numeral] (twenty)
  940. horing [noun] (horn)
  941. aanbieding [noun] (presentation)
  942. koeël [noun] (bullet)
  943. baklei [verb] (to fight)
  944. egpaar [noun]
  945. verwant [adjective] (related)
  946. springbok [noun]
  947. vuil [adjective] (dirty)
  948. spruit [noun]
  949. priester [noun] (priest)
  950. sent [noun]
  951. woonstel [noun] (an apartment)
  952. Willem [proper noun]
  953. stasie [noun] (station)
  954. hawe [noun] (port)
  955. Botswana [proper noun]
  956. tronk [noun] (prison)
  957. temperatuur [noun] (temperature)
  958. lof [noun] (praise)
  959. reguit [adverb] (straight)
  960. leeu [noun] (lion) There are several reasons for this term appearing among the 1000 most common Afrikaans words. The first reason is that wildlife such as lions do live in some of the Afrikaans-speaking regions. The second reason is that this term is also the name of a South African rugby team.
  961. blind [adjective] (blind)
  962. Angola [proper noun]
  963. ontbyt [noun] (breakfast)
  964. Christen [noun] (christian)
  965. botter [noun] (butter)
  966. bors [noun] (breast)
  967. pla [verb]
  968. maat [noun]
  969. tannie [noun] This term comes from the word “tante” which means “aunt”. In South Africa, the word “tannie” is used to refer to an older female authority figure.
  970. plesier [noun] (pleasure)
  971. ooi [noun] (ewe)
  972. mes [noun] (knife)
  973. aanbid [verb] (to worship)
  974. dak [noun] (roof)
  975. belydenis [noun] (confession)
  976. vyfde [adjective] (fifth)
  977. tou [noun] (rope)
  978. swaard [noun] (sword)
  979. pers [noun] (a press)
  980. oond [noun] (oven)
  981. herken [verb]
  982. oortuiging [noun] (conviction)
  983. duisternis [noun] (darkness)
  984. Pienaar [proper noun]
  985. sand [noun] (sand)
  986. stroop [noun] (syrup)
  987. uitvind [verb] (find out)
  988. geboue [noun]
  989. gans [noun] (goose)
  990. verwoes [verb] (to devastate)
  991. kaas [noun] (cheese)
  992. bos [noun] (bush)
  993. stilte [noun] (silence)
  994. snaaks [adjective] (funny)
  995. boon [noun] (bean)
  996. vak [noun] (subject)
  997. kampioenskap [noun] (championship)
  998. ruim [adjective] (roomy)
  999. soldate [noun]
  1000. strand [noun] (beach)
  1001. wapen [noun] (weapon)
  1002. appèl [noun] (appeal)
  1003. vloer [noun] (a floor)
  1004. waarheen [adverb] (where to)
  1005. lip [noun] (lip)
  1006. ryp [adjective] (ripe)
  1007. pan [noun] (pan)
  1008. storm [noun] (storm)
  1009. kosbaar [adjective] (valuable)
  1010. Jannie [proper noun]
  1011. film [noun]
  1012. kroon [verb] (to crown)
  1013. koek [noun] (cake)
  1014. staking [noun] (strike)
  1015. Durban [proper noun]
  1016. geantwoord [verb]
  1017. eeue [noun]
  1018. twaalf [numeral] (twelve)
  1019. appel [noun]
  1020. buurman [noun] (neighbor)
  1021. leë [adjective]